Five budding Caymanian chefs went to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Wednesday morning, ready to do battle in the kitchen.
Zack Myrie, Desly Missick, Anastacio Hebert, Stevyn Lyncy and Jykalli Swaby were each given a mystery box of local ingredients from which they had to create four portions of the same entree in an hour. The competition, judged by Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Gary Benham from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Chef Frederic Morineau of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, ended with two chefs advancing to the final.
The final will be held on Jan. 14 and judged by Morineau and Chef Adam Handling, MasterChef finalist and 2014 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year. The winner will be announced at the British Airways Gala Dinner on that same evening at Government House.
All the young chefs are former or current students of the School of Hospitality Studies at UCCI, and all are employed in local restaurants.
Governer Kilpatrick, an enthusiastic supporter of the competition, said, “Our ambition is to showcase talents of young Caymanian chefs, which we hope will inspire other young people to see that there are great careers in the Cayman Islands hospitality industry.”